In Kabak Bay, The beach waits quiet in the morning, the valley still in the shadow of the surrounding mountains. By late morning, swimmers crawl through the shallow waves or sunbathe on the stone beach. At lunch the aromas of Turkish cooking, olive oil frying tomato and onion for hot dishes or gozleme sizzling on the griddle call to the people lounging on the beach. Fishing boats pass in and out of the bay picking up and dropping off tourists to see other more hidden destinations.
Do you prefer camping or air conditioning?
The variety and number of people discovering Kabak Bay increases every year. There are students looking for a cheap holiday, families from different countries, health-conscious people attracted by advertisements of yoga and organic food, nature-lovers, hikers of the Lycian Way which passes through the area, and city-dwellers looking to unwind from their daily hectic life. Because of this menagerie, the accommodation also varies. One can find many campgrounds, but the most popular type is the tree bungalow. The bungalow prices differ according to the addition of airconditioning or private bathrooms. It depends on how natural an experience you are looking for.
The accommodation around Kabak Bay can be divided in to two main areas: the mountain slopes and the valley floor.
Accommodation on the mountainside has many benefits. Here travelers can take refuge from the heat in the breezes rising up the slope. From this vantage point, they can enjoy a view of the whole valley and the bay all the way out to the sea during the day and by night an impressive skyscape of the stars in relief against the mountains. The shade also lasts longer in the majority of these places meaning a cooler night when staying in accommodation without air conditioning. These areas tend to be quieter and more secluded as well since they reside in their own part of the hillside among the trees.
There are, however, some drawbacks to staying up on the mountain. The beach may be a short hike away. The journey down is fairly easy, but back up can be tiring in the full heat and sun of the day. For many this means only one daily trip to the beach a day and eating lunch at one of the pension restaurants or gozleme cafes near the shore.
The valley accommodation is also very popular for one main reason. Access to the beach is easy and one can go back and forth whenever the mood strikes without thinking about the time of day and if they can make it back for dinner on time. There are also small shops and more food selections to choose from in the immediate beach area. For those looking to be more social and among the people, this is also the place to be as everything is close together in the limited area.
Some issues may arise near the coast for some vacationers. Firstly, as Kabak Bay tends to be a place for those looking to escape the crowd and relax in peace and quiet, the various campgrounds and bungalows may not be the right choice. The places snuggle side by side, meaning more ambient noise and electric light. There is also an outback vehicle bringing people and supplies up and down the hill which can sometimes mean traffic noise as well. The bay view is also more impressive from higher vantage points.
The choice really depends on the type of holiday you are searching for. It is best to check the websites of a variety of places to be sure to find one that suits your needs. Many of the areas have their own websites that list prices and activities that they might offer. However, it is useful to call and ask about their exact location. This way there are no surprises.
At the sea or in the forest, there are many activities to enjoy at Kabak Bay.
Do you wonder what to do in Kabak Bay?
1. The Beach
Kabak Bay beach is a quaint space at the bottom of forested mountains. The bay reaches out from the feet of the mountain toward the Mediterranean Sea running from a clear blue to deep turqoise as the water deepens. The beach is mainly small stone with some patches of sand. There is not much shade to be had on the actual beach but further back people can find rest from the sun under the pine trees. The beach is little populated compared to the neighboring Belcekiz and Oludeniz beaches creating a more serene atmosphere. Beach-goers can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or just relax on the beach with a good book.
2. Cennet Bay (Koy)
East from Kabak Bay visitors can reach Cennet Koy, which translates as Heaven Bay, by boat tours leaving from Kabak beach. Like Kabak Bay, Cennet Bay is a forest-bordered beach but completely unspoilt by buildings. The water here is clean and clear and completely open to the sea. People can lay on the white sand beach and enjoy cold spring water from a simple beachside pump. Beware, the sand becomes extremely hot in the mid-day sun. Be sure to have shoes and a towel.
3. Cold Water Bay (Soguk Su)
Between Kabak beach and Cennet Bay is Cold Water Bay which again can be reached by boat tour from Kabak. The Bay takes its name from the cold spring water coming up under the rocks and mixing with the much warmer sea water. On the tour, you can jump from the boat into much more refreshing waters. The combination of the underwater rock formations and crystal-clear waters create an outdoor aquarium here. Many kinds and sizes of fish feed among the crevices and holes of the rocks here. Be sure to bring some goggles.
4. Pirate Bay (Korsan Koy)
Pirate Bay has a little history along with its sequestered beach. The bay here is again undisturbed by modern constructions and the holiday-making crowds. Along the shore are ancient ruins including a church. You can explore the pathways of history and have a swim to cool off after. This bay is also reachable by boat tour from Kabak Beach.
5. The Blue Cave (Mavi Magara)
The clarity and darkness of the water in this natural cave pool is both magnificient and chilling. Through natural erosion and possibly earthquakes, the side of the rock face was molded and carved into an inner space looking much like an covered pool. From a raised lip just above the water where waves splash over, the swimmer can jump into the still, deep waters of the cave. Those brave enough can venture to the black at the backside, about ten meters away. A fifteen minute swim or ten minute walk up the left side of Kabak Bay leads to the Blue Cave. Many of the boat tours also make a stop here. This particular attraction can be slightly dangerous and may not be appropriate for children. The surface of the outside rockface is uneven and sharp, and the waves push against those trying to get into the cave. Everyone should take caution when approaching, exiting and entering the cave.
6. Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)
Butterfly Valley is about an hour boat ride from Kabak Beach on one of the many Mediterranean islands. The Valley boasts another pristine sand beach, and is home to the tiger butterfly. It is said that this particular butterfly can only be found in either Kabak or Butterfly Valley. There are also camping and bungalow areas in Butterfly Valley, but daily boat tours can also be found from Kabak Beach.
7. The Lycian Way
Especially in the cooler months, hikers, day-walkers and nature-lovers can enjoy parts of this hiking trail. The Lycian Way spans 509 kilometers on mostly seaside and mountainous trail from Fethiye to Antalya. Kabak Bay is a popular resting point for the more interpid hikers venturing to complete the whole way. The ascent of the trail can be a little challenging, but it makes for pleasant exercise in the great outdoors. The trail is easily recognizable by the white and red markings on trees and rocks. Daily hikes can be taken in either the eastern or western direction. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of hearty trail snacks and water.
Whether on your bugalow balcony, the beach or pension terrace, the best activity at night recquires nothing more than to lay back and enjoy. The starscape is especially amazing for people who come from cities. Every constellation and even parts of the milky way are bright and visible on clear nights. Drinking a bottle of Turkish wine with close company makes the experience all the more memorable.
Because Kabak first attracted travelers looking for peace and healing in a natural environment, yoga has become a popular activity at Kabak Bay. Many of the accommodation areas offer yoga classes for beginners to the more advanced. Alternatively, you can roll out your mat anywhere and start stretching.
10. The Waterfall (Selale)
About one kilometer from Kabak Beach, hidden deep in the forest is a fresh water waterfall. There are two roads to the waterfall. The first takes about 35 minutes but is not as well marked, and at the end of this road you can only see the waterfall from a viewing point above. The second road takes about one hour following the Lycian Way (red and white marks) in an Eastern direction. This road will take you to a swimming point, where you can recover from the heat of the hike and enjoy the waterfall from below. If you are unsure about which way to go, ask the locals or other people staying in the area for directions.